The bill by Republican Rep. John Kavanagh was prompted by an Arizona State University students’ group that supported Proposition 204 in November. The proposition would have extended a temporary 1 cent sales tax and directed the money to education. The Arizona Students’ Association spent $122,000 to support the proposition.
Kavanagh contends it’s wrong for student fees to be used for politics. Democrats argued that’s always been the groups’ mission.
The bill passed Monday on a 35-24 party-line vote.
The Arizona Board of Regents made the $2 fee student voluntary after complaints from some students. The student group sued, claiming their free speech rights were being infringed.